Discover Vietnam’s rugged and scenic northwest and its people first hand. By taking to the roads and driving from the capital Hanoi to the remote area of the northwest, you can experience the iconic landscapes as well as the life of people here.
Day 1: Hanoi- Mai Chau
Day 2: Mai Chau – Son La
Day 3: Son La- Dien Bien Phu
Day 4: Dien Bien Phu -Nam Na River to Tam Duong
Day 5: Tam Duong – Sapa
Day 6: Trekking in Sapa – Hanoi
Day 7: Arrive in Hanoi
*** Tour schedule:
DAY 01 : HANOI – MAI CHAU
At around 8.30 a.m, we leave Hanoi and take drive to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home of the Thai ethnic minority. We will drive on the road No6 passing expansive rice paddies and scenic villages. Have a stop for refreshment before tackling 70km of undulating road with a great view of mountains and valley. We will reach Mai Chau at late noontime. Visit Pom Coong, a peaceful village of White Thai ethnic minority, where we have lunch, dinner and spend our night in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family.
After lunch we will have a short rest and then take a leisure push bike trips toward Ma River. We will take a short boat riding upstream Ma Rive to reach a remote Thai Village. Relax and have interesting conversations with the villagers before walking back to the dock. Return to Pom Coong Village for dinner and overnight.
DAY 02 : MAI CHAU – SON LA
After having breakfast at the home-stay, we embark on a beautiful drive up north to Son La. The road is in good condition and the scenery is stunning. We may take frequent stops to visit minority villages of H’mong, Black Thai,… or to take photos. Lunch will be in local restaurant en route. The highlight of our trip today could be the tea plantations in Moc Chau Plateau, where you find the best green tea in Vietnam grown along the roads on hillsides. We reach Son La in the afternoon. Have dinner and overnight in Son La.
DAY 03 : SON LA – DIEN BIEN PHU
It is true to say “the further you go up the north, the faster you hear the rate”. Today the drive is greater with more winding roads, longer passes, more colorful minority groups and more stunning scenery. Like yesterday, we may have interesting stops to visit villages and take photos. Have lunch in local restaurant. The highlight of today ride could be the impressive pass of Pha Din pass, the longest pass in Vietnam.
Climbing and descending the slopes with many bends and deep gorges are really an unforgettable experience. We reach Dien Bien Phu in the afternoon at around 4pm. Upon arrival, we stroll around to explore the town. Have dinner and overnight in Dien Bien Phu.
DAY 04 : DIEN BIEN PHU – NAM NA RIVER TO TAM DUONG
After breakfast, we will start our 225 km drive along stunning Nam Na River. On the way, we will have interesting stops to visit H’mong and Dzao villages. After having lunch in Lai Chau, we will reach Tam Duong at around 4.30 pm. Having dinner and overnight in hotel in Tam Duong Town.
DAY 05 : TAM DUONG – SAPA
Today is the highlight of the whole trip. Climbing the highest pass in Vietnam, the Tram Ton Pas, 2000 meters above sea level. Lunch in a local restaurant. We will reach Sapa in the noon time. Hundred years ago, Sapa is the former hill station for the French colonists. Today, Sapa is the paradise for trekking lovers thank to its beautiful trekking routes, stunning terraces, colorful minority groups and the highest mountain in Indochina, the Mt. Fansipan. Have dinner and overnight in Sapa.
DAY 06 : TREKKING IN SAPA – NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI
After having breakfast in the hotel, we will drive downhill to Muong Hoa valley. Today, we enjoy the most beautiful trek route in Vietnam. We will trek on dirt path through the pine forest, terraces and H’mong villages. Then, we stop to visit minority villages, schools and have picnic lunch by river. In the afternoon, we walk to the pick-up point to meet the car and transfer back to Sapa. You have free time at your own leisure until transferring to Lao and driving back to Hanoi.
DAY 07 : ARRIVE TO HANOI
Arrive in Hanoi early in the morning (5am). Tour finishes
Personal expenses, insurance, drinks, tips and other services